PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
DE RUEHAD #4007 2901217
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 171217Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7376
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 004007
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/16/2016
SUBJECT: INTERNATIONAL COMPACT FOR IRAQ - UAE UPDATE
REF: A. ABU DHABI 3942
B. STATE 165112
C. ABU DHABI 3337
D. BAGHDAD 3758
Classified By: CDA Martin Quinn for reasons 1.4 (b & d).
1. (C) On October 16, EconChief and UK Embassy Political
Officer Alison Hall met with MinFin A/US for Revenue and
Budget Khalid Al-Bustani to provide an update on recent
actions with regard to the international compact for Iraq and
to encourage the UAE to continue its support to Iraq in its
efforts on the Iraq Compact. Iraqi Embassy DCM Mustafa Aboud
refused to participate, explaining that he had received no
instructions from the MFA since the September 10 Iraq Compact
preparatory group meeting in Abu Dhabi.
2. (C) Al-Bustani, who had participated in the September 10
meeting, said that the MFA had the lead on all Iraqi
assistance issues. He explained that MinState Finance
Khirbash had given his remarks at the preparatory group
meeting at the MFA's behest, and that MinFin was not
participating currently in the Iraq Compact process. In
response to Econchief's statement that MinFin would have the
expertise to participate in shaping the compact, Al-Bustani
said that the MFA would involve MinFin if it believed it was
appropriate. Econchief and Hall later attempted to call MFA
A/US for International Cooperation Mohammed Abduljalil (who
also attended the compact) and reached his office director
Abdul Khaliq bin Dhaher. Econchief encouraged bin Dhaher to
have the UAE play an active role in the Iraq Compact process,
including by participating in the drafting process,
considering assistance, and participating in the adoption
event. Econchief drew bin Dhaher's attention to the upcoming
October 19 drafting meeting in Baghdad and encouraged the UAE
to participate, either by sending a representative or through
a video/telephonic link. Bin Dhaher explained that he was
very sure that A/US Abduljalil was not receiving information
on the compact and was not aware of either the October 9th or
19th drafting exercises. Bin Dhaher contacted econchief on
October 17 to say that he had been unable to find out any
more information about the Iraq Compact.
3. (C) On October 17 CDA spoke to MFA Acting U/S Tareq
Al-Haidan to push for active UAE participation in the
compact. Al-Haidan stressed the UAE's demonstrated support
for the compact and record of support for Iraq in general.
He opined that holding a meeting in Baghdad on October 19
would be a bad idea given the security situation and strongly
advised that Iraq Compact meetings be held in locations
outside of Iraq. (&I tell you frankly that no one will go
to Iraq for a meeting.8) Al-Haidan said that the UAE would
participate via video conference, but observed that no one
would say anything substantive using such a medium )- due
to sensitivity. He said that the UAE was aware of the high
level meeting in November and planned to participate as long
as it was not held in Iraq.
4. (C) Comment: It is very clear that the Iraqi mission to
the UAE has not been kept in the loop on the Iraq Compact.
Aboud complained that the Iraqi MFA had not issued him any
instructions on the Iraq Compact since the September
preparatory group meeting and that he did not know what his
government's position was on the subject. It is not clear to
us exactly what mechanism the GoI (or the UN) is using to
communicate with the UAE. End Comment.
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